Mel­bourne sem­i­nar looks at sus­tain­able tim­ber in build­ing

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATION -

GOV­ERN­MENT AND pub­lic build­ing au­thor­i­ties are plac­ing greater em­pha­sis on Aus­tralian stan­dards in their reg­u­la­tions to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity, en­vi­ron­men­tal se­cu­rity and le­gal­ity of prod­ucts used in the hous­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries.

“In the world of build­ing and con­struc­tion, stan­dards help to clas­sify best prac­tices, meth­ods and tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments for a safe and sus­tain­able built en­vi­ron­ment,” says Si­mon Dor­ries, CEO of Aus­tralian Forestry Stan­dard Ltd, which is or­gan­is­ing a sus­tain­able tim­ber in build­ing sem­i­nar at the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Mel­bourne on Novem­ber 24.

The sem­i­nar, de­signed for architects and spec­i­fiers and build­ing de­sign pro­fes­sion­als, will fo­cus on sub­jects rang­ing from tim­ber as an en­vi­ron­men­tally pos­i­tive ma­te­rial, green star pro­grams and new and in­no­va­tive wood prod­ucts to sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal prod­uct dec­la­ra­tion and is­sues such as fin­ish­ing, stain­ing and prod­uct sta­bil­ity.

Tony Ar­nel, global di­rec­tor of sus­tain­abil­ity with Nor­man Dis­ney & Young and a for­mer chair of the World Green Build­ing Coun­cil, will be a key­note speaker.

Mr Ar­nel was found­ing di­rec­tor of the Green Build­ing Coun­cil of Aus­tralia and is a life fel­low of the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Architects.

The sem­i­nar will up­date in­dus­try on AFS chain-of-cus­tody stan­dards that track cer­ti­fied ma­te­rial from the for­est to the fi­nal prod­uct.

“Chain of cus­tody is es­pe­cially suited to projects such as new-build com­mer­cial and of­fice build­ings, pri­vate and so­cial hous­ing projects, ren­o­va­tion and re­fur­bish­ment schemes, and civil en­gi­neer­ing projects,” Mr Dor­ries said.

“The sim­ple act of sourc­ing or pur­chas­ing an Aus­tralian-branded prod­uct can have far-reach­ing pos­i­tive im­pli­ca­tions, not least in terms of sus­tain­able con­sump­tion.”

Sem­i­nar speak­ers so far con­firmed in­clude David Rowl­in­son, man­ager of Plant Ark’s Make it Wood and Make it Re­cy­cled Cam­paigns; Steve Mitchell, prin­ci­pal, SM As­so­ci­ates; Dr Alas­tair Woodard, struc­tural en­gi­neer and di­rec­tor of TPC So­lu­tions (Aust) Pty Ltd; Boris Iskra, na­tional codes and stan­dards man­ager, For­est and Wood Prod­ucts Aus­tralia; and Si­mon Dor­ries, CEO, AFS Ltd.

Sem­i­nar regis­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion – con­tact AFS Ltd, PO Box 786, New Farm, Q 4005. Tel: +61 7 3359 1758 or email: info@forestry­s­tan­dard. org.au

www.forestry­s­tan­dard.org.au

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